Ever since Mylitta named her carnivorous plant (Vespula pacifica) after a certain archaeologist, it seems that everyone has been trying to get their hands on this easy to grow plant. It grows in pretty much any southern climate, being particularly well known in humid climes where it thrives. This article will show you just a few of the things you need to know about growing carnivorous plants in your home, as well as how you can get some truly exotic plants without having to do anything more than move them from one pot to the next. So, let’s get started.
The first thing you’ll need to know about carnivorous plants, or any plants for that matter, is that there are a lot of considerations when it comes to their environment. The first consideration is the humidity level in your area. Although the Pitcher Plant has a reputation for being very tolerant of poor soil conditions, they will still die very easily and very quickly if you fail to provide them with what they crave on a regular basis. To solve this problem, a good method of planting your carnivorous plants would be to position them so that they can receive the benefits of shade, but not have their moisture taken away entirely. In this way, you can be assured that they will still grow healthily and happily, even in the driest areas.
One of the major concerns that some people have about growing carnivorous plants is the insects that they attract. If you take the time to keep your garden healthy by removing any rotting, dead leaves or flowers from it regularly, you should have a relatively easy time attracting beneficial insect species into your garden. And since most insects only feed on organic matter, dead plant parts will not likely cause them any harm. However, there are some species of insects that do not like eating meat at all, and in such instances, you will need to make sure that you are well aware of them and you take measures to keep them out of your flowerpots. By eliminating any insect that could cause damage to your flowers or other growing points, you will be ensuring that your Pitcher Plant grows in optimal health.
One of the easiest ways to grow a Pitcher Plant effectively during the winter is to utilize the unique requirements that it has to support its upright growing habit. When spring comes, it is important to make sure that your plant receives the amount of sunlight it needs to survive. The best way to do this is by placing it in a location that gets at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. If you are growing your Pitcher Plant in a pot, it is imperative that you keep the pot at least 4 feet away from any outside lights, including the sun. In this manner, your Pitcher will not receive any of the excess energy that causes it to grow more slowly during the winter, allowing it to thrive even more successfully as the warmer months approach.
Once you have placed your Pitcher in an area that gets the proper amount of light, the final step for keeping it healthy is to provide it with consistent, though short, hours of bright sunshine. The best way to ensure that it gets this amount of bright light is to place the flower in a well-lit window or balcony. It is important that you allow your Pitcher to soak up as much of the bright sunshine as possible. Do not, however, let the sun sit too long on the flower, as this could cause the leaves to become dry and yellowed. Instead, use a standard fan on a bright day to gently blow the sun out of your plant’s foliage.
If your Pitcher Plants have gone dormant during the colder months, it may be necessary for you to add some additional light. If you place the pots in a sunny window, you can simply leave them there for a few hours to provide supplemental light. However, you should be sure to only leave them for a few short minutes so as not to over-water the plants. For those that have Pitcher plants that do go into dormancy during the winter months, you can still provide a little bit of light by using an inexpensive bulb inserted into a regular light bulb socket. You should place the bulb into the pot just before the first day of spring.
One of the most persistent insects that affects Pitcher plants is the Red Wiggler. Although it is not actually an insect, it will attach itself to the lower leaf of the plant and make it slowly wiggle its way toward the top of the canopy. Although there are various methods you can employ for getting rid of the wiggler, one of the least expensive and easiest is to shake the plant gently. Although this is effective, you should keep in mind that it is a natural prey predator and therefore it will likely continue to feed on the leaves until you remove it. It is therefore important to carefully examine the plant each morning as the wiggler climbs up toward the top of the canopy.
One common mistake among novice gardeners is the tendency to water Pitcher plants excessively. You should never let your plants get too wet, as they are naturally very drought tolerant. However, if you do accidentally get the water level too high, simply take a few quick showers, allowing the soil to absorb as much water as possible before covering the plant with plastic potting soil. You should never use human water to water your plants as this can potentially cause fungus and other diseases on the leaves. Instead, you should rely on a water collection pitcher or grow bag which is specially designed to collect rainwater.